Responding to the immense need for legal services, The New York Bar Foundation announced it has allocated nearly $560,000 in charitable and educational grants to 84 non-profit legal services organizations in New York State.

Foundation grants help non-profit organizations provide law-related programs that help people with life-changing  issues such as families facing homelessness, human trafficking survivors who struggle to find freedom, children in the midst of contentious custody battles, and so many more.

“The Foundation is a network of compassionate lawyers, dedicated board volunteers, and diverse legal organizations grounded in their commitment and passion to change lives,” said Carla M. Palumbo, Foundation president.  “We are dedicated to helping people access legal services and highlighting the good works of the legal profession.”

Lucia Whisenand, chair of the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, noted “the Grants Review Committee members review numerous applications from across the state to select non-profits who will use these grants to help make justice a reality for millions of people throughout New York State.  We encourage non-profit legal organizations in underrepresented areas to apply to the next grant cycle which will open this summer.”

The Foundation has been helping to facilitate the delivery of legal services for more than seventy years.

“This year’s grant program will help the elderly, veterans, families, children, and people with disabilities access much needed civil legal services,” said June Castellano, vice-chair of the Grant Review Committee.  “Donations to the Foundation impact our justice system by supporting organizations that improve people’s lives.”


2024 Foundation Grantee Organizations include:

First Judicial District (Manhattan): Advocates for Children of New York, Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. d/b./a City Bar Justice Center, Boys and Girls Republic, Center for Family Representation (CFR), Court Appointed Special Advocates of New York City (CASA-NYC), Day One New York, Inc., Her Justice Inc., HIAS, Housing Works, Human Rights First, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Legal Action Center, LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York, Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York Inc., The New Life School, Mobilization for Justice, Inc., National Center for law and Economic Justice, Inc., New Economy Project, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Pro Bono Net, Safe Horizon, Inc., Start Small Think Big, The Door – A Center Of Alternatives, Inc., The Legal Aid Society, Under 21, d.b.a. Covenant House New York, UnLocal, Inc., Urban Justice Center, Urban Resource Institute, and Volunteers of Legal Service.

Second Judicial District (Kings County): Access Justice Brooklyn, Brooklyn Defender Services, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, Correctional Association of New York, Exalt Youth (exalt), Family Legal Care (FKA/Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), Immigration Equality, The Family Center, Inc., and Young New Yorkers.

Third Judicial District (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster counties): Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc.; Disability Rights New York; Joseph’s House & Shelter; New York Newspapers Foundation; The New York State Bar Association; and United Tenants of Albany, Inc.

Fourth Judicial District (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington counties): The Center for Community Justice.

Fifth Judicial District (Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga counties): Center for Community Alternatives, Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties, Inc., and Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY, Inc.

Sixth Judicial District (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins counties): Horseheads Family Resource Center.

Seventh Judicial District (Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates counties): CASA of Rochester/Monroe County, Empire Justice Center, JustCause (FKA Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.), Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center, The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc., and The Potters Hands Foundation.

Eighth Judicial District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming counties): Center for Elder Law & Justice, Family Justice Center of Erie County, the NYSBA Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., and the Western New York Law Center, Inc.

Ninth Judicial District (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester counties): Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, My Sisters’ Place, Inc., and Student Advocacy.

Tenth Judicial District (Nassau, Suffolk counties): EAC Network, Huntington Youth Bureau Youth, Development Research Institute, Inc., Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center, Mercy Haven, Inc., Nassau Bar Foundation, Inc. (FKA:Nassau County Bar Association Fund, Inc.), Project PATCH Law Related Education Program of the Northport – East Northport School District, and Pronto of Long Island.

Eleventh Judicial District (Queens County): Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc., Legal Outreach, Inc., and Queens Defenders.

Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County): BronxWorks and the Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Program.